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Title: Interesting Tidbits about Birds


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INTERESTING TIDBITS ABOUT
BIRDS
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  • Bird lovers know that
  • these inquisitive and social creatures make ideal
  • pets that can provide plenty of entertainment and
    companionship.

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  • While all birds need basic housing, nutritious
    food and plenty of watchful care

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  • it is important to understand the features that
    are unique to each species that may affect their
    health and happiness.

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  • Whether you are considering a pet bird or already
    have one of your own, check out these interesting
    tidbits about birds that can provide more insight
    into their behavior.

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BIRDS CAN OUTLIVE THEIR OWNER
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Before choosing a bird as a pet, it is important
for you to know that many birds have extremely
long life spans.
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Canaries, budgies and lovebirds can all live
eight years or more and macaws and cockatoos can
live well beyond 40 years.
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For this reason, many bird owners appoint a
guardian for their bird to ensure continuous care
in the event that it outlives them.
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MUSHROOMS ARE HARMFUL TO BIRDS
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While you can watch as your pet bird happily
gobbles up many of the fresh fruits and
vegetables that you put on your plate
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it may come as a surprise that certain foods
are on the forbidden list.
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Mushrooms are one that can be especially
dangerous because the stems and caps of certain
types have led to liver failure in birds.
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They also cause digestive disorders in parrots.
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BIRDS USE BODY LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE
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Most pet owners are familiar with common actions
performed by dogs and cats to communicate with
their companions
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but birds also convey emotions through shifting
their feathers and assuming a specific stance.
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For example, loose, ruffled feathers may mean
that a bird is happy.
However, flared wings or shoulders may mean that
a bird is either getting ready to fight or
interested in courting.
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Many people are also surprised to find that birds
will sometimes wag their tails as a greeting to
their owner.
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EVEN SMALL BIRDS EAT A LOT
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When observing birds, it is easy to notice that
it seems they are always eating.
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Whether they are outdoors eating small insects or
a pet consuming their nutritious feed, it is
necessary for a bird to eat at least half their
body weight each day to be able to survive.
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Pet owners should be conscious of this fact so
that they can plan their birds feeding routine
accordingly.
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Birds also prefer variety in their diet so
include the occasional treat in your pet's bowl.
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SENSORY STIMULATION IS IMPORTANT FOR HAPPINESS
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Due to the social nature of birds, it is critical
to provide them with constant stimulation that
they can use to keep boredom at bay and find
comfort.
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Colorful toys, jingly bells and climbing
structures can all enhance a birds cage.
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Birds also notice change in their environment so
you may want to trade out toys from time to time.
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If you must leave your bird alone during the day,
use a radio or television to provide auditory
stimulation that is similar to social
conversations.
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Interacting with your bird regularly has its
share of rewards.
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Through chirps, mimicking and even repeating
words, this pet can show happiness and forge a
long lasting bond with its owner.
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Understanding and responding to the finer nuances
that make birds unique will enhance your
relationship with your favorite avian companion
while safeguarding their health and longevity.
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Are you thinking about getting a beautiful
portrait of your pet?
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An artist by profession, Miri's paintings make a
lasting keepsake of your furry or feathered
friend.
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For more info, please visit Custom Pet Portraits
by Miri at http//www.petportraitsbymiri.com/
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